The Chinese wearable company HUAMI and a fitness startup STUDIO are making a collaboration to build a connected treadmill, which they unveiled today in CES2020 as part of HUAMI Keynote.
The surprising feature of the Amazfit HomeStudio is its lack of a traditional treadmill front. Instead, you control the device using your smartphone, while content is delivered to a separate, vertically-oriented 43-inch HD screen that the companies are calling the Glass.
The HD screen kind of looks like a giant phone and the screen also includes a camera that can be monitoring your movements with computer vision (if you’re worried about privacy, there’s a slide piece that covers the camera).
The Treadmill itself, 20 inches wide and 53 inches long, with a slat belt surface for a softer running feel.
Studio’s founder and CEO Jason L. Baptiste said that
“his vision of making running more fun and accessible to non-runners.”
He’s always seen creating a treadmill as part of Studio’s roadmap, allowing the startup to offer a fitness experience that’s genuinely “immersive and personal.”
While Peloton sells a connected treadmill with a 32-inch screen, and Jason L. Baptiste said most treadmill makers are “manufacturing companies or devices something without great software or content or community.” Then, He added, “We wanted to get the content and software right before we ever thought about doing anything with hardware.”
So the Amazfit HomeStudio combines Studio’s content with Huami’s hardware expertise, and it integrates with Huami devices and other wearables to track heart rate. And while a treadmill is best for running, the Glass can also offer classes in sculpt, yoga, and stretching.
HUAMI and STUDIO are not announcing information about pricing or timing. But CEO of STUDIO Jason L. Baptiste said the treadmill would be
“an incredible value compared to competing products on the market.”